I started the whole series with a picture of a night when my father was arrested for violence against our family. In that picture from my life were three concepts of authority.
First was parental authority. For a great majority of us, we understand authority from what we know firsthand growing up.
Second, the police in that picture are a symbol of earthly authority in the form of government.
The chaotic, angry behavior of my dad despite his authority illustrates the Fall of man into sin; the rebellion against God is a rejection of His authority. Understanding this turn of an earthly authority toward that which is not of God is a dynamic that must be sorted out.
In the next installment of the story I related joining a Methodist church as a teenager. I meet and begin to be influenced by ecclesiastical authority.
Taken together then, the memoir begins with four expressions of authority. Authority exists on earth which is ordained by God. These are are parental, governmental, ecclesiastic, and an anti-authority expression which is the rebellion against God. This reverse or negative authority is part of our natural human experience and needs consideration in understanding the other three.
What do you think? Are there other natural authority structures shaping our lives which you think should be part of the analysis?